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Anthony Davis Sr. says he doesn’t want his son to play for the Celtics

Anthony Davis during New Orleans’ game against San Antonio on Saturday.
Anthony Davis during New Orleans’ game against San Antonio on Saturday.Eric Gay/Associated Press

Amid ongoing speculation about which NBA team could work out a trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, the Celtics have been viewed as one of the front-runners to secure the services of the big man via a possible trade this summer.

But Anthony Davis Sr., the father of the all-star, made it clear Friday that he wouldn’t be happy to see his son sign with the Celtics.

“I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas,” Davis Sr. told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne on Friday. “No loyalty. Guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him.”

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He was referring to the 2017 trade of guard Isaiah Thomas, who was recovering from a hip injury when he was dealt to Cleveland as part of the trade that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston. Thomas had finished fifth in MVP voting and third in the NBA in scoring in his final season in Boston but has struggled since his injury, playing just 32 games.

Davis Sr. went on to point out that opinion was his own and that he wasn’t speaking for his son.


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